The Los Angeles Lakers couldn't contain the Phoenix Suns starting backcourt in a 120-101 loss. Brandon Knight put together his first career triple-double, filling up the stat sheet with 30 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added in 21 points, and the Lakers found themselves back in the loss column after winning their first home game on Sunday.
Julius Randle's quick start the season continues to simmer down, going two-of-six from the field with four turnovers on a rough night for the Lakers' starting power forward. He was in foul trouble early and never looked like he had any rhythm to his game. D'Angelo Russell wasn't very effective either, logging 27 minutes for 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting. He made a handful of shots late in the fourth, but the game was already out of question.
The Lakers couldn't keep the Suns off the offensive glass either, giving up 16 offensive rebounds for 16 second chance points. Marcelo Huertas was the recipient of extra playing time with Kobe Bryant out for the night, but he struggled in his 13 minutes on the floor. He couldn't keep up with the Suns' backcourt, getting worked on defense. The fourth quarter lineup of Huertas, Lou Williams, Nick Young, Larry Nance, Jr. and Brandon Bass came out of the gates stumbling, letting the Suns build up a comfortable lead. Russell and the starters checked in about mid-way through the quarter, but it was too late, and both teams went with garbage time lineups through the final minutes.
The Lakers are off until Friday, when the Toronto Raptors visit Staples Center. Some time off for everyone could be a good opportunity to regroup and hit the ground running after their three-day break.